Shakur Stevenson Crowned World Champion In Reno
Photos: Mikey Williams - Top Rank
Shakur Stevenson is a world champion. The former Olympic
medalist displayed all his boxing skills and completely
neutralized Joet Gonzalez (his girlfriend's brother) to
conquer the vacant World Boxing Organization (WBO)
featherweight title in front of 2,828 fans at the
Reno-Sparks Convention Center.
Stevenson became the first Team USA male fighter of the
2016 Rio Olympics to conquer a world title.
"This is a great feeling. One of the best feelings of my
life," said Stevenson. "I have a lot of respect for Joet.
He is a great fighter. I have nothing against him. If he
decides to be cool with me, I'll be cool with him."
Stevenson already knows what he wants the next challenge
in his career to be.
"Josh Warrington! You are a champion, now I am a
champion. Let's do this! I want to unify titles."
MAYER DOMINATES ZAMORA
Mikaela Mayer, the former Olympian and now one of the
biggest attractions in women's boxing, defeated
Alejandra Zamora by technical knockout in the sixth
round to retain her NABF super featherweight title.
Mayer was the aggressor from the opening bell and
connected strong blows looking to finish the fight
early, but surprisingly Zamora took everything Mayer
threw at her. It was not until the end of the fifth
round that Zamora's corner did not allow the Argentinian
to continue fighting.
"I am ready for the next challenge. I want a world
title," said Mayer. "I think that for the last two years
I have shown that I am ready for a world title. I have
shown it by easily dispatching all the fighters that
have been put in front of me. I know I'm ready."
GREER DECISIONS NIEVES
Undefeated bantamweight contender Joshua 'Night Night'
Greer retained his World Boxing Council (WBC)
Continental Americas title and captured the World Boxing
Organization (WBO) NABO belt by defeating Antonio Nieves
by unanimous decision.
Greer, who improved to 22-1-1, 12 KOs, raised the
intensity level from the sixth round on and took control
of the fight. Nieves dropped Greer in the final round,
but Greer recovered without problems and managed to
finish the fight.
"I am a champion. I know how to win," said Greer. "At
the end of the day, I go home a winner, and he will go
home a loser. I am ready for a world title opportunity.
It doesn't matter who they put in front of me, I will
get the job done and I will be victorious."
• Super feather contender Albert Bell (16-0, 5 KOs)
dominated Frank De Alba from bell to bell to secure an
easy win by unanimous decision in an eight-round fight.
CARDS: 80-72 (x3)
• In his pro debut, former Team USA’s top-ranked
heavyweight and now highly touted heavyweight prospect
Jared "Big Baby" Anderson (1-0, 1 KO) scored a
first-round knockout against Daniel Infante.
"I felt great in my pro debut! I took control of the
fight and dominated my opponent with my jab right from
the very first bell. I got him with a solid body shot
and he went down for the count, but if he had gotten
back up, I was going to take him out of there quickly
• Promising 17-year-old Puerto Rican prospect, Xander
Zayas (1-0, 1 KO), dropped Genesis Wynn a couple of
times on his way to a first-round knockout victory, in
his pro debut. Zayas knocked down Wynn with a quick
straight right hand and immediately repeated the dose,
forcing the referee to stop the fight at 1:24 of the
"I felt super great. Even though it was my pro debut, I
was very relaxed and focused because I knew we had done
the hard work in the gym. I just followed the game plan
my team established. I have a great team around me. This
is just the beginning."
• Super featherweight contender Andy 'El Tiburon' Vences
(23-1-1, 12 KOs) bounced back from the first defeat of
his career by scoring a unanimous decision victory
against Mark Bernaldez. CARDS: 79-73 (x3)
• Former world title challenger Jason Sanchez (15-1, 8
KOs) returned to the winning route by securing a
fourth-round knockout against Brazil's Adeilson Dos
Santos in an eight-round featherweight match. The end of
the bout came at 2:59 after Sanchez sent Dos Santos to
the canvas for the count.
• Francisco Esparza Jr. defeated Matt Conway by split
decision in an eight-round lightweight contest. CARDS:
76-75 (x2) for Esparza Jr., 76-75 for Conway.
• Mike Sánchez improved his record to 6-0, 3 KOs, and
stunned local prospect Diego Elizondo with a unanimous
decision victory. CARDS: 38-37 (x2), 39-36
• Reno's own, welterweight prospect J.J. Mariano (2-0, 1
KO) scored a unanimous decision win over Sean Cerveny.